Dear Dominic, it seems no time ago you were being ordained deacon in this church. Now, here we are again. Another page to turn. Another moment in your biography. Not a small one, and full of a future. It has been a long, sometimes difficult journey for you. That has brought its own richness. Please God, what lies ahead will be simpler. Today commemorates St Bernard of Clairvaux, and also the prophet Samuel. He was called from his boyhood onwards: ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’ He became a bearer of God’s word for his people. He anointed Saul and then, to better effect, the young David. Maybe there are connections there, Dominic, both with your past and with what begins today. Perhaps Fr James has been your Eli! I hope you’ll always be enough of a boy to say, ‘Speak Lord, your servant is listening.’ St Bernard is portrayed by the liturgy as someone full of fire and light; may you bring warmth and vision into the world! And may the Saints of today’s Litany accompany you!
Today Jesus says to us: ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over!’ (Luke 12:49-50).
Clearly, these are passionate words. They come straight from Christ’s heart. Fire and water, blazing and drowning, desire and distress – they are all there.
If you’re called Mary, happy Name Day! This Cathedral is dedicated to St. Mary in her Assumption. So, let’s wish it and ourselves and our parish a happy Name Day, and ask our Lady to continue to keep care of this church and parish, its clergy and people.
Date: Saturday, 31st August 2019
Mileage: 6 miles
Meeting Point: Outside Portsoy Ice Cream Shop (24 Seafield Street, AB45 2QT)
Walk Leader: Sabrina Maguire Email me
Join Uplifting Walks on Saturday 31st August as we explore a section of the Aberdeenshire coast. The walk will start from Portsoy and follow the beautiful coastline along to Sandend returning via country tracks. The walk will be 6 miles long on mainly flat terrain. A shorter 3 mile walk option (incorporating the use of a service bus) is also available.
You are invited to join St Columba’s Deanery Walk on Saturday 31st August at 14:00. The meeting place is at Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Drostans, Commerce Street, Fraserburgh.
The walk starts from the church down to the harbour and along the shore, taking roughly an hour and a half. It’s a fairly flat walk so suitable for all ages.
Refreshments will be served in the parish rooms at the end of walk but the parish room will be open from the start of the walk at 14:00 if anyone just wants to come along for a cup of tea and a chat.
An Engaging and Inspiring evening by David Wells on living and passing on the Catholic Faith on Friday 20 September 2019, 19:00-21:00 at St Columba’s Church, Culloden, IV2 7PW.
Pray, Learn and Don’t Worry! Join LifeTeen Youth Ministers; Neil and Beccy Roseman and youth ministers from across Scotland for a weekend of youth ministry formation and inspiration.
27 – 29 September 2019 at Kilcoy Castle, Muir of Ord, IV6 7RX.
An Engaging and Inspiring day for Catechists on living and passing on the Catholic Faith on Saturday 21 September 2019 at St Francis of Assisi Church (231 Deeside Gardens Aberdeen AB15 7PR).
The President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert has written to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to express his concerns at the attacks launched against the SNP MP Dr Lisa Cameron, following her vote against an amendment to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill that would have lifted the legal protections presently afforded to the unborn child in Northern Ireland.
See the Gospel come to life by following the footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land. From Galilee to Jerusalem, you will find yourself immersed in spirituality and culture. This beautiful, tried and tested itinerary promises to bring the faithful pilgrim an unforgettable experience, including a non-stop return flight from London Luton to Tel Aviv airport, a touring coach and professional local guide, as well as en-suite accommodation at the 4* Rimonim Hotel in Nazareth and 3* Star Hotel in Bethlehem.